Vice President Mike Pence proved he’s not exactly ready for prime time when an ER doctor in Iowa confronted the VP about the Trump administration’s proposed move to block-grant Medicaid funding, which could potentially result in millions of the neediest Americans losing their health care coverage.
At the Drake Diner in Des Moines, Dr. Rob Davidson told Pence:
“I work in one of the poorest counties in Michigan and my patients depend on expanded Medicaid, so how is that going to affect my patients?”
Pence responded by telling Davidson that he “hadn’t heard about cuts to Medicaid,” which stretches credulity when you consider the plan had been announced earlier in the day.
When Pence tried to redirect the conversation to his time as governor of Indiana, Davidson countered the vice president by telling him:
“I was talking about the president and your administration right now, what they’re doing. Right now, they’re cutting Medicaid… Your administration just announced this, they rolled it out today.
“It’s been a godsend to the patients I serve. It’s their lifeline.”
After the encounter with Pence, Davidson noted that the VP is either ignorant of what’s happening or simply doesn’t give a damn:
“I confronted him about his damaging healthcare cuts because for me it’s not about politics, it’s about saving lives. When I told him he is putting my patients’ lives at risk, the vice president deflected and denied knowledge of the policy.”
But isn’t that the usual pattern for this White House? They claim to care about the people who are directly impacted by their policies and then cannot defend their cruelty when confronted with the facts.
As we’ve seen on countless occasions over the past three years, the Trump administration is no fan of the truth or reality. Instead, they prefer to operate through a system of disinformation and dissembling.
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